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PRESS RELEASE: REPATRIATION FLIGHT OF 23 MAY 2020 ARRIVED SUCCESSFULLY IN THE BAHAMAS

May 25, 2020

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Nassau, The Bahamas

24 May 2020

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform members of the general public that the repatriation flight of 23 May was successful in returning 135 nationals and residents, as well as three infants, to The Bahamas.

 

The Bahamasair flight, which originated in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, first touched down in Grand Bahama, where 60 persons disembarked.  Thereafter, it flew to New Providence, where the remainder of the persons disembarked.

 

The Consul-General and staff members of The Bahamas Consulate, Miami, were present at the airport in Fort Lauderdale to monitor the process until the flight departed.  Also present were two Doctors from the Ministry of Health who verified the COVID-19 test results.  Returning nationals and residents were met in Grand Bahama and New Providence by Government Officials, inclusive of Senior Staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health.

 

All returning nationals and residents were taken to the Government Quarantine Facilities in both Grand Bahama and New Providence, where assessments took place to determine who would be placed in quarantine and who would be permitted to selfquarantine.  With respect to those placed in the Government Quarantine Facilities, there are 14 persons in the Grand Bahama facility and 42 in the New Providence facility, respectively.

 

The Ministry will continue to provide the general public with regular updates through regular and social media, as well as via the websites of The Bahamas Overseas Offices.

 

In the interim, nationals and residents who are displaced abroad and wishing to return home are reminded to send their full contact information in The Bahamas (address and phone number) in advance to the Ministry of Health at [email protected].

This will enable the Ministry of Health to make an early determination regarding full quarantine or self-quarantine.  If the determination cannot be done in advance, persons will be placed automatically in a government quarantine facility.

 

If nationals and residents plan to return home on Bahamasair, the COVID 19 test result should also be sent in advance of the travel date to [email protected].

 

Nationals and residents are also reminded to register with the nearest Bahamas Overseas Office and to listen out for flight details should they become available.  The addresses of the Overseas Offices can be found at mofa.gov.bs.